After finding Frederick Fennell and his Cleveland (and others) Wind Ensemble, I became an confirmed brass lover. Since I was already a huge admirer of the king of instruments, I naturally ventured out to brass + organ, surely the pinnacle of big sound music. This is one of the finest albums of such for baroque music. It has several attributes that guarantee immense satisfaction. First, the brass ensemble is the Empire Brass Quintet, the leading brass ensemble since the demise of the Phillip Jones Brass Ensemble. Second, William Kuhlman is acknowledged as one of the leading organists in the world. Third, Telarc recorded the album, and they had the highest reputation for vivid recordings. The albums success was a no-brainer!
The individual pieces played here all originate from the Baroque period of classical music, with such names as Bach, Telemann, and Handel. Lesser known by his name than by his famous Trumpet Voluntary is Jeremiah Clarke, the piece long attributed incorrectly to Purcell. Over the last few decades, this piece has probably been played at more weddings than anything else other than the Wedding March from Mendelssohn's Midsummer Night's Dream. Almost as well-known is Clarke's Prince of Denmark's March given a superb performance.
This vividly recorded disc from heaven receives my highest recommendation. Buy it and listen to it with someone you love.